University Health Service

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis causes violent coughing that may last for months, and it can be especially dangerous in young children and the elderly. Vaccination is the best means of prevention. 

two women coughing into their sleeves

Pertussis (whooping cough)

Pertussis (whooping cough) causes violent coughing that may last for months. During coughing episodes, people may make a "whooping" sound when they try to inhale.

two women coughing into their sleeves